Friday, December 15, 2017

Fitz's Cream Soda

Yesterday, I opened this in my classroom:

Fitz's Cream Soda


Brand: Fitz's Cream Soda.

Origin: St. Louis, MO.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: "All natural pure can sugar."

Review: This was OK. There was nothing too special about this. It was quite creamy, with a strong sweetness too it (nearly too much for this sugar-loving boy). I obviously didn't care for the (slight) over sweetness, but there was a slightly fruity flavor that helped this recover. Nothing stood out - it was OK but not amazing. This gets a middle-of-the-road score from me.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stubborn Classic Root Beer

I'm sipping on this right now after class:

Stubborn Classic Root Beer



Brand: Stubborn Classic Root Beer.

Origin: Riviera Beach, FL.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is very unique. I wasn't sure I liked it at first. It almost has a butterscotch flavor - maybe a slight burnt butterscotch flavor. But it's not bad. I sure wouldn't call this "classic" root beer as they do, but it was an interesting twist on the classic root beer flavor. Smooth and creamy. Not bad.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review of 4 Hard Sodas: Not Your Mom's, Henry's, Strongbow, and Coney Island

Here's my second an final "mini review" of some hard sodas / flavored beers that I picked up at Total Wine:

Lots to try!
All the bottles from a few months ago, but this review is just for 4 of the 9.

Here's my review of the final 4 (in the order that I drank them):

Not Your Mom's Apple Pie: This was a beer flavored with vanilla and apple juice, which sounded good to me. It's rare that my wife and I have the same reaction to a drink, but this one was the exception. My wife's quote after taking a sip: "Mmmmm, oh that's goooo... wait, OH NO!" Yep, I had the same thought. It's a very sweet apple pie flavor initially, but then there's a HARD hit of over-the-top cinnamon. I see what they're going for (it's like a super rich pie crust flavor), but it's quite literally 10x what it needs to be. It was nearly undrinkable.  Score: 2.5 out of 10.

Henry's Hard Cherry Cola: I liked this. It was just a little malty and not too "beer-y." And it had just a good cherry cola flavor. This went down easy. Score: 7 out of 10.

Strongbow "Cherry Blossom" Hard Cider: I'll be honest - I don't remember drinking this one. It must have been OK, but not great. Or horrible. Oops. Sorry. Score: 5 out of 10.

Coney Island Hard Root Beer: Possibly my favorite hard root beer! It had a strong vanilla flavor, and not a huge bite of booze. Still, I couldn't help but thinking if did NOT have alcohol in it, it would have been a great root beer. Score: 8 out of 10.


So I need to try more Coney Island hard sodas, because (as seen in the link below) I've liked them quite a bit - they hold 2 out of my top 3 scores for these 9 beverages.

If you missed it, here's the review of the first 5 of these hard sodas/ciders.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Whistler Carmel Cream

I had another soda from my Whistler stash the other day:

Whistler Carmel Cream

Whistler Carmel Cream



Brand: Whistler Carmel Cream.

Origin: Spring Lake Park, MN.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was flat (as was another Whistler soda I had this past summer), so this local bottler needs to get something figured out or people will be annoyed. (I'm annoyed.) However, the flavor was OK. It tasted about like I figured a "carmel cream" would taste. Flavor was quite good, but it was flat, which turned me off quite a bit. If this had a proper seal and proper carbonation, I'd rank this maybe 2 points higher.

Score: 5.5 out of 10.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Filbert's Old Time Quality Green Apple Soda

I enjoyed drank this in my classroom today:

Filbert's Old Time Quality Green Apple Soda


Brand: Filbert's Old Time Quality Green Apple Soda.

Origin: Chicago, IL.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: Ehh. This was OK. The green apple taste was decent. Unlike my first green apple soda, this one was NOT overly sweet, so that was better. But LIKE my first green apple soda, this one also had a wet cardboard aspect to it - in the other green apple soda, it was just a smell, but this one tasted like green apples mashed with wet cardboard. Not great. It was drinkable, but fantastic. I'll rank this the same as the only other green apple soda I've had: just below average.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Mom's Root Beer

We celebrated Thanksgiving at my Grandma's house yesterday, and I brought along this root beer to enjoy:

Mom's Root Beer
On my Grandma's sweet, orange, 1960s kitchen counter.


Brand: Mom's Root Beer.

Origin: Minneapolis, MN.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty good (and went down easily after a good Thanksgiving dinner). It was very smooth and creamy, and it had a pretty rich taste. It wasn't amazing or super unique, but it was very enjoyable.

Score: 8.5 out of 10.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Colombiana La Nuestra

Today my students were working on their final project proposals, so I took it easy and drank this:

Colombiana La Nuestra
A student in the background. Not my student. Just a student.


Brand: Colombiana La Nuestra.

Origin: Milton, NY.  (I was hoping for something more exotic. Something,... more south...)

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Review: I cracked this open not knowing what to expect, or even what flavor it was. It only said "Kola Flavored Soda" on the bottle, which I've always thought of as a sweeter, fuller, "fruitier" cola flavor.

Well, it wasn't really cola flavored. It was VERY smooth, and nearly a "cream soda." I saw something online saying this is apple flavored, but I don't taste that. It's like a sweet cream soda with a BIT of a Dr. Pepper flavor. Interesting. Unique. Not bad.

Score: 6 out of 10.
 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hosmer Mountain White Birch Beer

As we were doing a lot of cooking last night, I opened this:

Hosmer Mountain White Birch Beer


Brand: Hosmer Mountain White Birch Beer.

Origin: Willimantic, CT.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This was good! If I wasn't told it was a "white birch beer," I would have called it a clear root beer. It tasted like a rich root beer that was heavy on the anise (but not TOO heavy). My boys tried sips of this too, and they loved it. I really don't have any complaints! I'm ranking this quite high!

Score: 9.5 out of 10!